Written by Jeremy Copp
Do you know how to “Metal?” Be honest now. Do you TRULY know how to Metal? Well, Super Quest is a band that is here to help you. Hailing from Peterborough, Ontario, these guys have been making a series of videos to help you, the metal novice, grasp the finer points of the genre! From dealing with power-outages to drumming without pants, these guys will teach you everything you need to know in order to live and breathe Metal.
The latest installment in the video series, “How to Metal: Death Metal Lesson with Super Quest,” went viral. And by that we mean, almost a million views in five days type of viral. When asked if this was expected of the tutorial, 24-year-old vocalist/ guitarist and star of the video Jawn Whitten exclaimed, “Oh God, no!” But shortly after posting the video to Reddit, and barely 12 hours later, over 42,000 people had witnessed its awesomeness.
“All of the sudden there were all sorts of news media sites talking about my video and giving the most hilarious descriptions about me,” said Jawn with a laugh.
There is a mild dose of irony in Super Quest getting a huge boost in notoriety from giving a Death Metal guitar lesson. Their sound is nowhere near Death Metal. Instead, you will hear influences ranging from Classic Rock artists like Led Zeppelin and AC/DC to 80’s Metal groups like Def Leppard and Kix.
When Jawn met drummer Roger Sage in 2010, they bonded immediately over a shared love of Quiet Riot’s cover of “Come on Feel the Noise.” Along with band mates Alex Donchak (guitar) and Tyler McIntyre (bass), they’ve created a classic rock sound with a modern edge. They played their first show on Canada Day (August 1) in 2011 and haven’t looked back since.